Salon Equipment Purchasing Tips

The typical hair salon contains thousands of dollars worth of equipment and furniture, and salons which offer skincare, massage, and nail services require even more equipment.  While every salon owner dreams of top-of-the-line furnishings and state-of-the-art equipment, this dream is often out of reach for most salon owners, especially those who are in the start-up stage.  The trick to having a functional well-equipped salon while sticking to a budget is knowing which pieces are best purchased brand new, and which pieces can be purchased used.

Not all furniture and equipment needs to be new in order to serve its purpose. This is especially true for items in the reception and shampoo areas.  Shampoo bowls, for instance, can be purchased used at a fraction of the price.  Since the basic design of most shampoo bowls haven’t changed much over the years, purchasing these pieces new may not be the best idea.  The same is also true for reception desks, reception chairs, and cash registers.

Styling chairs and styling stations are a different matter, however. These objects are often the focal point of the salon, and chairs and stations that are outdated will give clients the impression that the stylists who work at the salon are also “outdated”. Stations and styling chairs should look either modern or classic. Modern furniture will be expensive, and will also need to be replaced every decade or so in order to keep the salon looking trendy, stylish, and up-to-date.  Classic furniture, on the other hand, may not be as visually impressive as modern furniture, but these pieces will not have to be replaced if they are properly cared for and maintained.

Whether the styling stations and chairs are modern or classic in design, the important thing is that they all match.  Nothing will make a salon look as tacky and unorganized as mirrors, stations, and chairs that do not match.  Fortunately, most beauty supply stores and equipment manufacturers have financing options available, allowing salon owners to purchase or lease new equipment in monthly installments.

Larger full-service salons may have additional equipment needs, such as facial steamers, massage tables, and pedicure stations.  It is almost always better to purchase these pieces used, especially massage tables, which will be covered with sheets most of the time.  Since the typical salon derives most of its income from hair services, skincare and massage services usually take a backseat.  In this case, it is a better idea to splurge on new equipment for hair services and used equipment for spa and massage services.  On the other hand, spas where massage and facial services are more popular than hair services are better off investing in new spa equipment and used hair equipment.

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